Zendikar

Notes from the Tomb of Neheb
- The Orb of Illusions was sought after by a "terrible, fiendish creature that enslaved others" known as Serenoth
- Serenoth was opposed by three heroes:
     - Althas, a Human Eldritch Knight and the greatest champion of his age
     - Neheb, a Minotaur Cleric of Light and scholor
     - Laquatus, a Cosi Merfolk sorcerer
- The Orb of Illusions was not destroyed, due to a astrological miscalculation in interpreting the prophecy.
     - However, the Orb is not on this plane. It was transported to a different plane.
     - The merfolk hero Laquatus went into the planar gate before it was closed, trying to retrieve the Orb. He was never seen from again.
     - The gate still exists. Neheb did not know how to reopen it.
- Losing the Orb weakened Serenoth enough that the heroes were able to kill him.
 
- Neheb knows the secrets of the Eldrazi (that they are secretly Zendikar's other gods).
     - He found this interesting, but had no contact with them during his time. (1000 years ago)
- The hedrons are related to the Eldrazi somehow. They seem to be able to be used as prisons or weapons against them.
- Some hedrons have been tampered with to feed the mana of Zendikar to the Eldrazi, instead of oppose them.
     - These hedrons come in sets of three, and can be found all over Zendikar. 
     - One set is in the Oran Rief forest. There's a temple to Ulamog in the west (the Temple Leith), a fort in the north (Tanglewood Bastion), and a pit in the east (Pit of the Pharos). 
- These hedrons can be destroyed by retrieving "guide stones" from the ruins of Emeria in the sky. Each "guide stone" is basically a wand with a hedron at the end, and will destroy one beacon.
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Session 13
Session 13 Summary
 
June 9th: Early Summer
Location:  Sea Gate
 
A day of some rest and recuperation.
- Damar re-takes, and passes, the test to become a Wizard of the Second Circle.
- Piper and E'dual purchase the Cafe du Baloth and the Hanged Man Tavern with the intention to re-open them.
- Kiodo visits Kayleon's family, and pay for her funeral
 
- The party decides to hire a ship and sail up to the Caverns of Ulthik to retrieve the shell of the flail snail. They do so without incident.
 
June 10th:
The party decides to investigate the tomb of Neheb, a minotaur hero, to find out more information about the Orb of Illusions. On the way to the tomb, they meet a minotaur trader named Hurloon. He tells them of the nearby Kragma Village where more of his people make their homes. He explains of troubles that the village is having with the eldrazi parasites. The party offers to help, and sets off towards the village.
 
Arriving in the village, the party eventually speaks with the chief, Anava. He grants the party permission to explore the tomb of Neheb.
 
At the tomb, the party overcomes several tricks and traps. Mardak unlocks the main temple doors, which leads in a room with some strange markings on the ground. Deducing what they mean, the party avoids a battle with a large group of shadows by making sure no light invades their lair.
 
After that, the party is given the choice of testing their mental mettle, or their might. They choose to use their mental prowess, and answer a riddle to avoid fighting some minotaur skeletons.
 
In the next room, the party encounters the shadowy form of Neheb, with a key floating in his heart, in the middle of a room covered in minotaur paintings. They try to retrieve the key, only to have him turn more substantial and attack them. He returns back to his shadowy form after just a few seconds. After some more trial and error, Piper discovers a painting with a key on it. He touches this painted key, and the party is able to retrieve the real key.
 
The party uses the key to enter Neheb's library. They spend several hours learning many things about the Orb of Illusions, and the Eldrazi. The party then returns to Kragma village to regroup. They return to the village at 5 pm.
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Session 12
Session 12 Summary
 
June 8th: Early Summer
Location:  Western beaches of Tazeem
 
8 am to 3 pm: The party awakens and travels towards Shadowridge Cave. Once there, they deliver the Fruit of the Stone Tree to Amedi. She consumes the fruit and stops being a medusa. She thanks the party for their efforts and they continue on towards Seagate.
 
4 pm: As they reach the Sunset Docks,  they see a plume of smoke rising from the ships. Investigating this, they see three merrow attacking the ships, and a group of common people struggling to hold them off. The party attacks the merrow, and they assisted by a new ally: the merfolk caster Ed'ual. During the conflict, a member of the North Hada Freemen sees the party, and runs back to Seagate to tell Varat. Eventually, the merrow are defeated and the burning ships are put on. The party waits to see if the Freemen return, but they do not, so the party heads into Seagate proper.
 
5 pm: In the Dusk Market district, there is more smoke and fire. The party traces that to the Cafe du Baloth, which has been assaulted by the Freemen. The cafe is burned, and the body of the barmaid, Kayleon, is staked out with a simple note: "This ends today." The Seagate guard approaches the party, and lets them know that while they cannot directly attack the Freemen, they will support the party in any way that they can.
 
6 pm: The party rests for a short time.
 
7 pm: Ed'ual, who was already aware of the party and their doings, knows of a hidden cove that leads to the Hanged Man tavern. With the Seagate guard surrounding the tavern, the party plans to attack the cove, catching the Freemen between a rock and a hard place. After some time preparing, the party storms the cove and attacks the surprised Freemen. While they quickly rout the guards and assorted folk in the cove, the alarm is sounded, and more Freemen come rushing down. 
 
In this group of Freemen is Varat, and Thakar, his barbarian enforcer. A pitched battle takes place in the narrow tunnels, with Varat falling, and then Thakar. With the help of the Seagate Guard, the party puts a permanent end to the North Hada Freemen.
 
The party rests overnight after the battle.
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Session 11
June 7th: Early Summer
Location: Cavern of Ulthik
 
2 pm – The party continues to explore the caves. They encounter a few empty rooms, and then Kiodo scouts ahead and finds the Stone Tree, guarded by a wood woad who must be Ulthik himself. Kiodo begins to battle him, but the rest of the party has trouble reaching the Tree. (Including Damar running into some brown mold.) After a long battle involving using the Fruit of the Stone Tree as a football, as well as burning oil. Ulthik is subdued. The party takes his treasure and the Fruit and leaves the cave.
 
3 pm – The party exits the cave to see that their ship is on fire. Investigating more closely, they find that Captain Setmanes and his crew have been killed, but their deaths have been made to look like an animal attack. While the party tries to put together what happened, they are attacked by a hidden assassin! An absolutely epic fight ensues. In the battle, Sheon is killed by a poisoned crossbow.
 
The assassin is eventually subdued and questioned. He reveals his name to be Ernach. He was hired by Varat to kill the party for 1000 gold. Having no more use for him, the party extracts a small measure of vengeance for Sheon by slaying the assassin. The party then rests overnight, planning their next move.
 
June 8th: 8 am
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Session 10
June 6th: Early Summer
Location: West Coast of Tazeem
 
5 pm – The party takes a short rest.
6 pm – The party returns to Seagate and meets up with Damar. He did not pass his test to become a Wizard of the Second Rank. They relate their misadventures to him, and the party stays in the Dusk Market Overnight
 
June 7th
8 am to 11 am – The party begins to make preparations to explore the cavern of Ulthik. Kiodo meets with Dardelio and is cured of the death dog disease. The party decides to hire a boat instead of walking to the Cavern. They encounter the Kor Captain Setmanes, who agrees to take them up the coast.. They depart at 11 am.
 
11 am to 1  pm – The party travels on Captain Setmanes boat. Although they are worried about it's seaworthiness, they arrive without problems.
 
1 pm – The party begins exploring the Cavern of Ulthik.
 
- They battle two gargoyles outside of the front door, fighting in and around the crumbling pilllars.
- Inside the Cavern, Piper runs afoul of some green slime.
- In a bedroom/museum, the party finds some healing potions and scrolls.
- They find a large, locked door leading deeper into the cavern, guarded by suits of animated armor. They defeat the armor, but they are unable to unlock the door.
- They discover the magical fountain in the Cavern, which is guarded by a water weird. They defeat it and drink from the fountain, feeling greatly rejuvenated.
- Continuing on, the temple portion of the Cavern gives way to actual caves. The party encounters and overcomes a flail snail, leaving it's extremely valuable shell to retrieve later.
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Session 9
Session 9 Summary
 
June 5th: Early Summer
Location: Sea Gate, Continent of Tazeem
 
3 pm to 4:30 pm – The party (Damar, Kiodo & Mardak)  arrive at the Cafe du Baloth with the Yuan-ti woman still unconscious. They meet with with Sheon and Piper, both of whom were attacked by Freemen during the night, and spent the morning recovering. Damar hurries off to take the test to become a Wizard of the Second Rank at the Lighthouse. Meanwhile, the unconscious woman draws a lot of attention, so the party takes her to the ruined house on Octopus Beach.
 
The Yuan-ti woman begins to wake up at this time, and it is revealed that her name is Seshira. She is relatively non-plussed about being held captive, bargaining with the party to gain her freedom. She reveals that she is a servant of Ulamog, who was given a quest to explore five locations on the western beaches of Tazeem to find information about the Orb of Illusions. The places she mentions are:
 
  • Utz: A mountain city that has been totally destroyed
  • Odar Temple: A temple that stands completely empty
  • Stonehollow Fort: The fort that was revealed in the recent earthquake, where the party captured her
  • Drakehome:  A mountain cave that is the home of drakes and their riders
  • Shadowridge Cave: A cavern on the beach filled with statues
 
Seshira reveals that there is another band of Ulamog Cultists that are in the Oran Rief Forest, looking for three beacons. When activated, each beacon would increase Ulamog's power, and help him escape his prison. She does not know what the group consists of, or how their plan is going. When the party mentions the prophecy found in Stonehollow Fort, she says that Ulamog believes the Orb is still extant.
 
One of the things that Seshira says strikes Seshira as false, though. She mentioned speaking to Ulamog in her mind. As far as Kiodo has studied, that's not a power that Ulamog has. After revealing all of this information Seshira asks to go free. Sheon kills her instead. The party leaves her body at the ruined house and begins to head to the western beaches, looking for the statue-filled cavern, Shadowridge Cave.
 
5 pm – The party encounters a crazed minotaur on the beach, who attacks them.  After killing it, they discover that there was some sort of parasitic eldrazi attached to the back of it's neck. Sheon takes the corpse of the parasite.
 
6 pm – The party reaches Shadowridge Cave. After a short exploration, they encounter two giant poisonous snakes. One of the snakes is killed, and the other is driven off by Piper. The party is pretty beat up by this time, so they retreat a short way down the beach to rest.
 
6:30 pm to 12 am – The party takes a long rest. 
 
June 6th 
 
8 am – The party re-enters Shadowridge Cave. Exploring it further, they find the fully furnished bedroom/living quarters of a female. After investigating that, they enter a meditation chamber where the identity of the woman is revealed. She is a medusa! The party struggles valiantly against her, with Kiodo falling unconscious from her poisonous hair, and Sheonbeing turned to stone. Piper and Mardak struggle on, causing her to become bloodied, but they eventually fall as well. It's certain death for the party….
 
5 pm – The party wakes up to find themselves tied up in a different room of the cave. Sheon is back to normal as well, thanks to a scroll that lies at his feet. The medusa woman, Amedi, demands to know what they are doing in her cave. They explain that they were looking for information about the Orb of Illusions. She sneers and says that the Orb of Illusions was destroyed long ago. Amedi is upset about being hurt and having to use up her resources to heal these hostile interlopers, but she says she will release the party if they perform a quest for her.
 
In the Caverns of Ulthik to the north and west, there is a tree of stone. On that tree, a black fruit grows. The story is told that the fruit can cure a medusa of it's curse, and turn her back into a human. Amedi will let the party go if they agree to retrieve it and bring it back to her. If not, she will hunt them down and kill them. Having no choice, the party agrees to do this.
 
The party leaves Amedi's cave with most of them still greatly injured. They plan to return to Sea Gate to rest and reunite with Damar
 
Reputation Adjustments:
- Amedi: Added as a contact; Starting reputation is -3
 
XP for missed players:
400
 
 
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Session 8

Session 8 Summary

June 5th: Early Summer
Location: Sea Gate, Continent of Tazeem

8 am – The party meets at the Cafe du Baloth. Sheon and Piper are both missing. They chat with Kayleon, and are approached by a man in dark robes. The party thinks that he is one of the potential hirelings they are looking to employ, but he reveals himself as Calmor, one of the Mul Daya Band elves that the party had saved from the Cult of Ulamog. He, and the rest of the Mul Daya Band survivors attack the party, but they are quickly wiped out. After the battle, the party takes a short rest.

9 am – The party receives word from a messenger that an earthquake on the western coast has opened up an ancient fort. They rush to get to the fort before any other inhabitants of Sea Gate can.

11 am to 1 pm – The party arrives at Stonehollow Fort and begins to explore it. There are many traps that Mardak disables along the way. They encounter some gray oozes and a couple of misplaced piercers. They find a line of text that reads "In the Twilight of the Aether, the Orb of Illusions was destroyed in the Sea of Illusions. They realize that the Sea of Illusions refers to the Halimar Sea. Damar is very excited to learn of the [[Orb of Illusions[[.

Further exploration reveals a mosaic that shows the death of anyone that looks at it. The phrase "Don't fall asleep" in Goblin is scrawled below it. The party suspects that they have been hexed with the Curse of the Mosaic and that sleeping will cause them to die! (They aren't though.)

The party eventually finds a room with a woman who claims to have been held prisoner by the Yuan-ti for many years. However, she is lying as she is a Yuan-ti herself. Kiodo disables her and takes her prisoner as the party returns to Sea Gate.

3 pm – The party arrives back at Sea Gate.

Reputation Adjustments:
- Dusk Market: +1 for disrupting the North Hada Freemen in Sea Gate
- Sunrise Docks: -5 for making enemies of the North Hada Freemen

XP for missed players:
210

Notes:
Kiodo – Disease saves at 11 am starting on June 5th until healed (Death Dog disease)

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Session 7
Session 7 Summary
 
June 3rd: Early Summer     
Location: Fort Mykuss, Oran Rief Forest, Continent of Tazeem
 
9 am – In the aftermath of the battle, the party secures the gates of the fort and speaks to the unnamed representative of the myconids. The party agrees that they myconids can stay in the caves under the fort, but they are free to leave at any time they want. The party offers to escort the myconids home, but they do not know where they are, or how to get home. They also agree that the myconids can take the foodstuffs made of their people, as well as the elven corpses to use as nourishment.
 
The myconids can supply the party with 4 "spore bombs" per week, of the hallucinogenic or pacifying variety. They can also provide simple manual labor around the fort. The myconid leader agrees to animate some of the elven corpses as "spore servants."
 
9:30 am to 6 pm – The party explores the fort, taking stock of the resources available there, as well as the goods it contains. Most of the party rests, but Piper keeps watch. He exits the fort to try to find Astira's tracks from the battle of the previous day, but finds nothing.
 
6 pm – Piper sees a small winged being approaching the fort across the no man's land. It appears to be waving a white flag. The creature turns out to be an imp by the name of Windglum, who works for Astira. He apologizes on behalf of his mistress for the previous misunderstandings and says that she wishes to meet with the party. Piper agrees, and the meeting is set for the next day at 10 am.
 
6:30 pm to 12 am – The party rests
 
June 4th: Early Summer
 
10 am – The party meets with Astira. She apologizes for attacking them and stealing the mushroom powder. She (truthfully) claims that she was upset with how the myconids were being treated, and assumed the party was involved in enslaving them and harvesting them. She was less apologetic for them being involved in the twig blight attack of June 2nd, but apologizes none the less.
 
Astira verifies with the party that the myconids are safe, and free to leave whenever they would like. She doesn't know where the myconids are from either, and it's not in the area. She will try to research that using divination if she can.
 
Astira wants to know how the fort will be appointed. She is fine with the party taking it over, as long as they are able to keep it secure. Astira reveals that there is a large group of Cultists of Ulamog who make their home in the forest. They make their home in a ruin with a strange glowing hedron, which is a match of the one the PCs rescued the Mul Daya Elves from previously. Using his notes, Kiodo realizes that there are three of these hedrons in the area, and the Cult must be searching for the third one.
 
Astira explains that she has not attacked this branch of the Cult of Ulamog as she wasn't ready for a direct assault. She alludes to providing either Windglum or Culann to support the PCs if they attack the Cult. Astira also purchases most of the remaining mushroom powder from the party. They get the impression that she wants to arrange a deal with the myconids to get more at some point in the future. Astira gives Damar a couple of spells, both involving elemental powers.
 
11 am – The party begins to scout the forest for signs of the Cult of Ulamog. They find the tracks of two armored vampires and two dog-like creatures. They follow the tracks and come across one the Knights of Ulamog fighting a baloth. The knight is accompanied by two Death Dogs. The dogs quickly finish off the baloth and the battle is joined in earnest. The party wins the fight, with Kiodo tripping the knight and Damar using a flaming sphere to wreak havoc. 
 
After the battle, they continue to follow the tracks of the other knight, who split off from his companion not far from the battle. The party is able to follow his tracks to (what they assume) is the headquarters of the Cult of [[Ulamog.]] It's a stone fort built into part of the reef forest. Piper, Kiodo and Mardak do some scouting, and see the guardians: Three more Knights of Ulamog, each accompanied by a Worg. Although Kiodo is strongly tempted to explore the ruin, the party decides that discretion is the better part of valor and they begin heading back to Sea Gate.
 
8 pm – The trip through the Oran Rief Forest is long, but uneventful. Upon reaching Sea Gate, Mardak is warned by one of the common people that the Mul Daya Band elves and Freemen of North Hada are extremely angry at the party, and have been watching the gates to see when they arrive. The commoner also warns the party to stay away from the Sunrise Docks. The party, who plans to recruit hirelings for the Fort, puts out word (and signs) that they will be looking for help at the Cafe du Baloth tomorrow morning. After disseminating this info, the party splits up to rest.
 
Damar stays in the Dawn Market District, using his magic to disguise himself. Piper plays for room and board at the same inn. Kiodo seeks his rest in a modest inn of the Dusk Market. Mardak meets up with Velakar in the Dusk Market as well, and avails himself of that hospitality. Sheon once again sleeps in the alleys of Sea Gate, this time in Lighthouse square.
 
Reputation Adjustments
- Myconids of Fort Mykuss: Score becomes +10 (max)
- Astira: Score increases to +6 (friendly)
- Mul Daya Band Survivors: Score becomes -10 (min)  
- Freemen of North Hada: Score becomes -10 (min)
 
Added Resources:
- Fort Mykuss
- 3 Mul Daya Elf Spore Servants (Last for 1d4+1 weeks)
 
 
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Session 6
June 2nd: Early Summer     
Location: Oran Rief Forest, Continent of Tazeem
 
9 pm – The party travels with the prisoners for two hours to Fort Mykuss. 
- Sheon senses powerful energies of death in the area
 
11 pm – The party arrives at the fort to find it being besieged by Astira and 10 twig blights
- The party, assisted by some Elven archers, manage to kill most of the twig blights
- However, 6 needle blights join the fray.
- Astira is revealed to be an illusion
- Several of the elves, including Akelar and Deyora are killed in the battle
 
- The party is invited by the Mul Daya Elves to stay the night at the fortress
     - The feeling of death that Sheon has is getting even stronger
- They are given food and lodging
     - The food turns out to be pieces of myconids, the sentient mushroom creatures
     - The party secretly refuses to eat it, and vows to do something about the myconids mistreatment
 
June 3rd
8 am – The party awakens and begins exploring Fort Mykuss and talking to the elves there.
- The Mul Daya elves reveal that they can create Boots and Cloaks of Elvenkind, for a price
- Piper tries to get down to see the myconids, but the guards block him
- Sheon attacks the guard to the basement where the myconids are imprisoned, and a general melee ensues
- The party uses illusions and trickery to slay most of the guards, as well as a couple of commoners
- When Fenukoth, the leader of the Mul Daya band falls, the rest of the elves flee
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Session 5
June 2nd: Early Summer
Location: Sea Gate & Oran Rief Forest, Continent of Tazeem
 
8 am – Meet at Cafe du Baloth
9 am – Meet with Varat at the Hanged Man Tavern – Paid 100 gp each for returning the textiles minus the mushroom powder
         - Meet an unidentified Mul Daya Band Elf who speaks of trouble with Astira and vampires
10 am – Shopping and preparing to leave
11 am to 7 pm – Travel to the crossroads near the vampire temple
 
- Screams are heard from the temple and the party rushes over to explore
- They begin to fight the two guards outside the temple, eventually pulling in the cultists from inside the temple
- Those two groups of enemies are defeated and the party makes their way into the temple
 
- They find three Mul Daya Band elves held prisoner, but are unable to release them as this point.
     -They are: Akelar, Content Not Found: calmor and Deyora
- The party enters the final room of the temple, and fights a knight and cult leader of Ulamog, near a strange glowing hedron.
- The party defeats them and releases the elves.
 
9 pm – The battle is over and the party agrees to accompany the elves back to Fort Mykuss, which is nearby.
 
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